MP meets car apprentices in Westham

MP Greg Barker meeting apprentices at lookers Mercedes garage, Westham November 30th 2012 E49020N'(Back L to R): General Manager of Mercedes garage Graeme Dengate and apprentice Nick Hook, (Front L to R):  Apprentice Claire Dutton, MP Greg Barker and apprentice Jenny Hopper
MP Greg Barker meeting apprentices at lookers Mercedes garage, Westham November 30th 2012 E49020N'(Back L to R): General Manager of Mercedes garage Graeme Dengate and apprentice Nick Hook, (Front L to R): Apprentice Claire Dutton, MP Greg Barker and apprentice Jenny Hopper

Apprentices in Westham had a visit from their local MP.

Pevensey and Westham MP Greg Barker met three enthusiastic apprentices at Lookers Mercedes-Benz of Eastbourne when he visited the showroom and garage last Friday (November 30). Wealden District Councillor Bill Tooley also joined him on the visit.

Apprentices Claire Dutton and Nick Hook joined Lookers nine months ago and Jenny Hopper recently joined the company as a graduate apprentice.

Mr Barker chatted to them in the showroom and heard how their apprenticeship programmes had been designed to help them develop a career in sales.

Lookers’ general sales manager, Graeme Dengate, told Mr Barker and Cllr Tooley the apprenticeship scheme made good business sense.

He explained it had helped the company find keen individuals and he described the three apprentices as ‘enthusiastic and talented’.

Mr Dengate said the young people had demonstrated a real commitment to the company while developing their skills.

During his visit, Mr Barker also had the opportunity to try out the new Smart ebike.

The eco-friendly mode of transport provides electric assistance when pedalling and can reach speeds of up to 20mph.

The local MP said, “I was delighted to meet the apprentices at Lookers Mercedes-Benz Eastbourne who are clearly enjoying their jobs and feel fully supported in developing their skills in sales.

“As I have seen here in Westham today, apprenticeships are an ideal first step on the career ladder not only for school and college leavers but for anyone looking for a new career.

“Clearly, successful local companies like Lookers Mercedes-Benz appreciate the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme that develops home-grown talent which is great for business.”